Dearborn kicks off annual United Way fundraising drive

Torch lighting with groupDEARBORN – City employees have a long tradition of contributing to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and the kickoff to the annual fundraising campaign took place Oct. 26 at the Dearborn Administrative Center.

During the traditional torch lighting ceremony, Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. was assisted by Mohamad Bazzi, who benefits from services provided by the United Way.

Bazzi is a fifth-grader at Snow Elementary School, in Allison Dumke’s class. Dumke, who attended the ceremony, said Bazzi is a great classroom helper, always willing to assist his fellow students. Bazzi’s favorite subject in school is math, and at home, he enjoys playing with his Xbox 360.

The torch will remain on display at the Dearborn Administrative Center for about a month as a reminder of the services United Way provides, which help those in need throughout the region by strengthening families, promoting health and education, working with at-risk youth and boosting communities.

The 2015 Community Giving campaign theme is “It Takes A Family.”

City employees have been among the highest voluntary donors in the Wayne County area to help fund the campaign.

For more information on donating to the United Way, call 313-226-9200 or go to